Category Archives: Progressive Sermons

Lectionary Sermon for Sunday 20 September 2020 based on Matthew 20: 1 -16

THE KINGDOM RESPONSIBILITIES TO THE UNWORTHYThere are some thought provoking truths in the stories and actions of those who are remembered in the history of our faith. However it occurs to me that a good part of the impact of … Continue reading

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Lectionary sermon for 13 September 2020 on Romans 14:1-12

A simple question…..Do your beliefs encourage you to be kind? Stating we are following Jesus or his leading interpreters like Paul doesn’t mean we are all going to be uniformly kind. It is all very well to agree with St … Continue reading

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Lectionary Sermon 6 September 2020 (Romans 13: 8-14)

A TRANSLATIONAL FAITHDuring the week I re-encountered a disturbing Internet meme. There was the picture of an aid worker offering some milk to a starving child…. And the meme? “Helping hands are better than praying lips”!?! Today’s reading from Romans … Continue reading

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Lectionary Sermon for August 23, 2020 (Year A) Matthew 16: 13 – 20

WARNING – THINK BEFORE YOU ANSWERYou would think that, given the wide availability of the Bible and in particular the accessibility of the New Testament, it would be relatively easy to work out and agree on what Jesus was all … Continue reading

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Lectionary sermon for 30 August 2020 on Matthew 16: 21-28

The Carried Cross in the Tick-Box Age Turning then to the gospel today with its talk of carrying the cross, it looks like a hard ask. To be frank, it sometimes seems Jesus’ injunction that his followers should be “taking … Continue reading

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Lectionary Sermon for August 16 2020 (Genesis 45: 1-15)

Forgiving the UnforgivableIt seems to me that family get-togethers, and that includes weddings, funerals and a whole range of celebration of milestones have a habit of veering off in unexpected directions. Perhaps a new record was set a few days … Continue reading

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Lectionary Sermon for August 9 on Genesis 37: 1-28

A SERMON FOR AUGUST 9 2020 on GENESIS 37: 1-28This Sunday is sometimes called Peace Sunday when we are called to reflect on ways to bring Christ’s message of Peace into the realities of a fractured and dangerous world. It … Continue reading

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Lectionary Sermon for 2 August 2020 on Matthew 14: 13 – 21 (The Loaves and the Fishes)

The Loaves and Fishes Demystified.Today’s story of the loaves and the fishes risks portraying Jesus as a Harry Potter-type magic God-filled figure, waving his hand like a stage magician and causing the mysterious multiplication of physical entities like loaves of … Continue reading

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Lectionary Sermon (26 July 2020 ) Matthew 13:31-52 (The Mustard Seed)

The Parable of the Mustard SeedIt is not just that Jesus was a good story teller. Some of his parables carried a punch. If we know something of the background for today’s parable we may even find a challenge for … Continue reading

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Lectionary sermon for 19 July 2020 Matthew 13: 24-30,36-43

THE WHEAT AND WEEDS IN A COVID CONTEXT It is not very hard to see what Jesus was probably driving at when he told the story of the wheat and the weeds (tares?). The useful and valued wheat plants (presumably … Continue reading

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